If you’ve ever felt as if people might literally be laughing at you behind your back — because of you hair cut, nose shape, skin color, gender, clothes, breast size, piercings or tattoos — you are not alone.
If you’ve ever felt as if people are sneering at you because of your weight, however, Haley Morris-Cafiero really knows how you feel. But she isn’t just guessing that people are snickering at her — she has photographic proof.
The Memphis-based photographer has struggled with her weight for years and has even overheard the rude comments people have made about her size. In a series of photos called “Wait Watchers” that she started capturing in 2010, Morris-Cafiero turns the lens on herself to capture people’s reaction to her size. She sets up a camera on a tripod and then acts casual for a few minutes, taking hundreds of photos of herself and the people unwittingly around her.
“Some people are extremely critical because they feel like I’m being dishonest, saying non-fat people are making fun of me, but that’s not what the photos are about,” she said to the New York Daily News.
“I am saying identity is tied to image in some way — it could be my shape, size, clothes, the color of my skin. As the artist, I pose the question and the viewer makes the answer.”
Many of the reactions in Morris-Cafiero’s photos seem as if the people judging her with their eyes don’t even realize what they’re doing, but — right or wrong, consciously or unconsciously — it seems undeniable she’s under scrutiny for her appearance.
Take a look:
All images used with permission from Haley Morris-Cafiero
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